Raymond McKee

Active - 1917 - 2019  |   Born - Dec 7, 1892   |   Died - Oct 3, 1984   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy, Crime, Adventure

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A stage performer from the age of three, toothy American silent-screen leading man Raymond McKee began his screen career as little more than a teenager in 1911with Edison and Lubin. He didn't reach true stardom until 1922, however, when he was cast as the male ingenue in Elmer Clifton's whaling melodrama Down to the Sea in Ships, an independently made box-office success today only remembered as Clara Bow's second film. McKee went on to star in programmers such as Free to Love (1925; again with Clara Bow) and King of the Herd (1927) before his career began to deteriorate. By 1929, McKee was playing second fiddle to a dog, Rin-Tin-Tin, in Frozen River (1929), and his roles in talkies were miniscule. Raymond McKee was the husband of silent-screen leading lady Marguerite Courtot.

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